James Franco First time Huh

Are you a fan of Spider-Man movies? If yes, you’re in for luck as this article is all about the Spider-Man trilogy actor James Franco.

Franco plays the role of Harry Osborn in the Marvel superhero movie.

Moreover, James is not only an incredible actor, but he also is a filmmaker, writer, producer, and director.

Similarly, you might also know Franco from the movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Interview, and Pineapple Express.

Most importantly, Ted has been awarded the Actor of the Year by multiple Award shows.

James is pictured in a tuxedo.
James in a tuxedo.

Child of God, Sal, Zeroville, The Institute, and Future World are some of the notable movies that versatile actors direct.

Having said that, the controversial actor is all over the media because of his sexual misconduct; want to know more? 

Read till the end to find about the accusations made against the actor.

Quick Facts

Birth Name James Edward Franco
Professional Name James Franco
Nickname Ted, Teddy Ruxpin
Date of birth April 19, 1978
Religion Judaism
Nationality American
Ethnicity Portuguese, Swedish, Russian-Jewish
Age 44 Years Old
Zodiac sign Aries
Place of birth Palp Alto, California, USA
Current residence Los Angeles, California, USA
Sex Male
Father’s name Douglas Eugene Franco
Mother’s name Betsy Franco
Siblings 2 (Tom Franco and Dave Franco)
Profession Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Painter
Source of Wealth Acting, Directing, Producing
Salary $2 to $7 million per movie
Agency United Talent Agency (UTA)
Skin color White
Height 5’11” (1.80 m)
Weight 167.5 lb (76 kg)
Distinctive Features Wide Smile, Comedic voice
Body Build Slim
Shoe size 10 US
Chest Size 42 inches
Waist Size 32 inches
Arms/ Biceps Size 14 inches
Hair color Dark Brown
Eye color Brown
Marital status Unmarried
Girlfriend(s)
  • Marla Sokoloff
  • Ashley Hartman
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Ahna O’Reilly
  • Agyness Deyn
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Erin Johnson
  • Amber Heard
  • Izabel Pakzad
Children
High School Palo Alto High School
College and Others Brooklyn College, RISD, Tisch School of The Arts, Warren Wilson College
Universities Columbia University School of the Arts
UCLA
Yale University
Hobbies Painting, Teaching, Flying Planes, Reading Novels
Favorite Books Blood Meridian, The Long Home, Donkey Gospel
Favorite Movies Gimme Shelter, My Own Private Idaho, The Bicycle Thief, The Wrestler
Favorite Sports Swimming
Favorite Color Imperial Purple
Net worth $30 million
Social Media YouTube
Last Update October 2022

James Franco: Early Life, Family & Education

Early Life & Family

On April 19, 1978, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California; James Edward Franco is his birth name.

Franco’s father, Douglas Eugene Franco, is a businessman of Portuguese-Swedish descent, while his mother, Betsy Lou Verne, is an actress and writer of Russian-Jewish descent. 

Additionally, Daniel Verne and Mitzie Levine are Ted’s maternal grandparents.

Whereas Daniel Franco, Jr. and Marjorie Peterson are his paternal grandparents.

Likewise, James was raised in a well-educated liberal Jewish family following Judaism.

Tom and Dave Franco are two of Ted’s younger brothers; both of them are actors.

Ted pictured alongside two of his younger brothers
Ted pictured alongside two of his younger brothers

Ted was a naughty kid who often got in trouble for multiple reasons during his high school days.

The kid from Palo Alto got arrested for making graffiti, underage drinking, and stealing designer fragrances from stores.

In addition to that, Franco sold the stolen fragrances to his schoolmates.

Teddy Ruxpin always wanted to become an actor but feared being rejected, so he thought of becoming a marine zoologist.

Likewise, Ted worked at the McDonald’s night shift to collect some pocket money.

While working at the franchise, Franco would often practice accents on customers, which helped build confidence.

A highly educated and genius individual

It is said that James Franco is a genius when it comes to painting, academics, acting, directing, writing, you name it, he can do it all!

Moreover, the brilliant actor has an IQ of 130. The “math whiz” was an intern at Lockheed Martin.

James’ father often encouraged his son to bring good marks, which he would do on his SATs. 

In 1996, the genius graduated from Palo Alto High School; he used to act on stage and amaze the crowd through his versatility in acting.

Similarly, after finishing high school, Ted attended CSSSA to excel in theater studies.

Then Franco enrolled at UCLA as an English major but dropped out soon after to pursue acting. 

He only came back in 2006 and graduated in 2008 with a 3.5 GPA.

Most importantly, Ted was selected as the commencement speaker for a ceremony at UCLA in 2009, but he withdrew because of some controversy.

Furthermore, the genius simultaneously attended the Columbia University School of the Arts, Tisch School of Arts, and Brooklyn College.

Also, the actor received his MFA from Columbia in 2010.

Likewise, the same year, Franco enrolled at Yale University to study the Ph.D. program in English.

James Franco: Age, Height & Weight

 The 44 year-old multi-talented actor is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 76 kilograms.

Furthermore, Franco has dark brown colored hair and eyes.

He wears 10 US-sized shoes, has a chest size of 42 inches, a waist size of 32 inches, and an arms/ biceps size of 14 inches.

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James Franco: Career

As a Director & Producer

The versatile actor is credited for directing over 20 movies. Moreover, The Ape was the first movie directed and written by Franco.

Likewise, the actor stars in most movies he has directed and written.

Some of his notable works come in My Own Private River, Zeroville, The Disaster Artist, Child of God, Saturday Live, and The Broken Tower.

Similarly, The Long Home and Bukowski are 2 of his latest movies set to be released soon.

Other than that, the director is also famous for producing exciting movies and is credited for producing 12 films.

Franco’s debut in movie production came in 2013 when he produced a Kink documentary.

Moreover, some of the movies Franco is famous for producing are Goat, Why Him? The Interview, The Adderall Diaries, and The Mad Whale.

His notable work in production was in King Cobra, a biographical film about a former gay actor.

Films

The American actor has acted in more than 100 movies throughout his career.

In 1999, Ted made his film debut in Never Been Kissed, where he acted as Jason Way.

Likewise, Franco is most famous for playing the role of Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man trilogy and Will Rodman in 2 Planet of the Apes movies.

In addition, the incredible actor earned around $12 million for his role in the Marvel movies trilogy.

Notably, Franco has worked with another actor, Seth Rogen, in almost a dozen movies. 

First time Huh
First time Huh?

James became a meme online for his scene in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. 

Furthermore, the fans claim that Milk, 127 Hours, and Spring Breakers are the top movies Teddy has acted in.

Ted Franco is known for acting in movies like Howl, In the Valley of Elah, Pineapple Express, This is the End, Palo Alto, and Tristan and Isolde.

Moving along, The Long Home and Kill the Czar are his upcoming projects on the silver screen. 

TV Series

Aside from acting on the silver screen, James has appeared in more than 25 TV series throughout his fascinating career.

Franco made his series debut in 1997 as Brian in Pacific Blue.

Similarly, from 1999 to 2000, the actor appeared on 18 episodes of Freaks and Geeks as Daniel Desario.

His other appearances include Night Shift (2007-2008), General Hospital (2009-2012), and more. 

Moreover, James has hosted Saturday Night Live four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2017 respectively. The UCLA graduate co-hosted the 83 Academy Awards.

Additionally, he is credited for producing and directing four drama series episodes.

James is also famous for his dialogue in the Emergency Hospital,

“Well! I hope all that self-denial is worth it.”

From 2017 to 2019, Teddy portrayed the role of Vincent Martino in 25 episodes of The Deuce. It is also the last TV series the actor has been part of!

Video games, Stage & Music videos

In 2007, the Spider-Man 3 game was released in which James gave voice to Harry Osborn and the New Green Goblin.

Likewise, in 2014, Teddy acted in two stage productions: Of Mice and Men and The Long Shift.

Franco also directed The Long Shift.

Moving to 2016, Franco appeared in Riff Raff’s music video of ONLY iN AMERiCA.

Not to mention, the talented actor also has three music albums to his name:

  • Turn It Up EP (2011)
  • MotoCity EP (2012)
  • Let Me Get What I Want (2016) 

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James Franco is “a man full of controversies”

We all know that fame has a negative side, and the negative side utterly ate James!

In an episode of Live! With Kelly and Micheal, Franco admitted messaging a 17-year-old girl to hook up in a hotel.

Furthermore, the Californian tweeted, “I hope parents keep their teens away from me, Thank You.”

Franco shocked the world as he wore a Time’s Up pin, supporting the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globe Awards 2018.

After the event, Ally Sheedy claimed that she quit acting after working with the Pineapple Express actor.

Similarly, Violet Paley, Franco’s alleged ex-girlfriend, claimed that he once forced her to give him oral sex while driving a car!

After Violet’s comments emerged on the internet, The New York Times canceled an event with Franco on January 9, 2018.

Franco’s Downfall

On January 11, five of Franco’s students accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. 

One of them even said that Franco would make them perform sexual acts and tell them to take off their shirts if they wanted roles in movies!

Similarly, Busy Philipps stated that Ted screamed and shoved her to the ground during the filming of Freaks and Geeks.

Furthermore, in October 2019, two of Franco’s ex-student filed a lawsuit against Ted and his partners.

The girls claimed that Franco made them do sexual auditions and film in a pool full of male collaborators.

Despite Franco denying it, the two parties settled the lawsuit in February 2021 at $2.2 million. 

Some drama, isn’t it? Wait, that’s not all!

The Disaster Artist, co-star actress Charlyne Yi, claimed in April 2021 that James Franco and Seth Rogan attempted to bribe her to play the movie.

Moreover, Yi initially wanted to quit the movie because of the allegations placed against Ted.

Similarly, Rogen commented on the allegations against James; he said he might not work with Franco ever again!

Most importantly, Teddy finally broke his silence over the sexual misconduct and allegations against him; he expressed his side of the story in the Jess Cagle Podcast episode.

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James Franco: Philanthropy

Despite the controversies which surround Franco, he is a kind-hearted individual.

In 2011, Franco auctioned a signed t-shirt to help the people affected by the Japanese tsunami.

Similarly, that same year, he was awarded the Piaget Award for his humanitarian work for AIDS research.

Then in 2013, Teddy was awarded the Ally Award for his support of the LGBT community.

Furthermore, Franco was awarded the Spirit of Elysium by the Art of Elysium for his voluntary work.

James Franco: Relationships

James Franco is often doubted about his sexuality because of the characters he plays in his projects.

But, it is noted that James is straight in real life but acts as a gay in reel life!

In 1999, Franco started to date his Whatever It Takes co-star Marla Sokoloff; the Californian couple dated five years before splitting.

After that, James dated Ashley Hartman from 2004 to 2005.

The handsome Spider-Man actor also had a short spell with Lindsay Lohan in 2005.

Moreover, Ted started dating Ahna O’Reilly in 2006, but the couple split in 2011 due to Franco’s educational preferences.

Isabel and James in an event.
Isabel and James in an event.

Despite all that, Ahna and Ted are still good friends today!

Likewise, Franco, the Sexiest Man Living of 2009, dated British model Agyness Deyn from 2010 to 2011.

Furthermore, Amanda Seyfried, Emilia Clarke, Lana Del Rey, Erin Johnson, and Amber Heard are some beautiful women James has been rumored to date.

Isabel Pakzad is James’ current girlfriend; the two have been dating since November 2017.

James Franco: Net Worth

Actor James Franco has an estimated net worth of $30 million.

Likewise, Franco earns a lot through directing, producing, and acting in both movies and TV series.

It is known that the actor demands $2 to $7 million per movie.

James Franco: Social Media Presence

Franco was an Instagram addict; he used to post selfies daily but decided to quit the top social media platform.

Likewise, the multi-talented human being has a YouTube account with around 29.2K subscribers.

James Franco: Fun Facts

  • The person who once stole fragrances was named the Face of Gucci’s fragranced in 2008.
  • Franco received a warning from Gucci due to his crazy Instagram posts!
  • The actor admires Lana Del Rey, and the two were even rumored to be dating.

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James Franco: FAQs

What relationship is there between James, Amber Heard, and Johnny Depp?

In the court, Depp showed the judge the video of Amber Heard getting cozy and cheating with Depp.

Furthermore, James Franco and Elon Musk are set to testify in support of Amber in court.

Has James Franco won an Oscar?

Yes, Franco won the Best Actor during the 2011 Oscars.

Similarly, the same year, Franco and Anna Hathaway hosted the Oscars.

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Saugat Manandhar is a freelance content writer for CelebDoko. He is currently studying MBA and is a full-time loner. Saugat loves sports and watching movies and series.
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